What Is Wrongful Discharge?
Were you fired from your job because you:
- Refused to commit a crime or violate the law?
- Missed work due to the fulfillment of civil duties, such as testifying in court or jury duty?
- Filed a workers’ compensation claim?
- Reported an employer’s unlawful or dangerous activities? (Also known as “whistleblowing.”)
- Filed a civil complaint against an employer?
If so, you likely experienced wrongful discharge, and there are laws designed to protect you and help you collect damages.
Wrongful Discharge Is Illegal
Employees are generally considered to be employed “at will” unless a contract or statute says otherwise. This means that either the employer or the employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any lawful reason or for no reason at all.
However, many states have adopted an exception to the at-will employment principle based on public policy. Although this “public policy” exception varies among the states that recognize it, the exception generally protects employees who oppose or report their employer’s illegal activities or unsafe practices. It may also protect workers who refuse to engage in illegal conduct, miss work due to jury duty, file a civil complaint against their employer or file workers compensation claims.
Why Hire KMB For Your Wrongful Discharge Case?
KMB attorneys are experts in seeking legal protections and compensation for conscientious workers who refuse to engage in illegal conduct, or disclose employers’ legal violations or unsafe practices. If you have been wrongfully discharged, contact the experienced lawyers at Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP. Your communications with us are confidential and without charge or further obligation.